Sponsoring Organization – Rocky Mountain Institute
Rocky Mountain Institute founded the Business Renewables Center and continues to be the BRC’s “home.” An independent nonprofit founded in 1982, RMI transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. In 2014, RMI merged with Carbon War Room (CWR), whose business-led market interventions advance a low-carbon economy.
The BRC partners with a variety of NGOs to leverage complementary efforts towards even greater impact in the corporate renewable energy market.
Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance includes four NGOs—Rocky Mountain Institute, World Wildlife Fund, World Resources Institute, and BSR—that coordinate across their respective corporate renewable energy efforts. Those efforts include RMI’s Business Renewables Center, WWF and WRI’s Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, and BSR’s Future of Internet Power.
RE100 is a global, collaborative initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase corporate demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy. This will accelerate the transformation of the global energy market and aid the transition towards a low carbon economy. RE100 shares the compelling business case for renewables and showcases business action, while working with others to address barriers and develop transparent reporting mechanisms. The partnership aims to increase renewable demand (buyers), find renewable opportunities (sellers), and provide the means to bridge the two (tools and knowledge). RE100 is led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, as part of the We Mean Business coalition.
WattTime.org is a new tech nonprofit spinning out of the latest power grid research at the University of California, Berkeley. WattTime’s breakthrough power grid analysis algorithms continuously monitor US power grids to determine the real-time marginal emissions impacts of using or producing electricity at any given time and place. Companies use WattTime technology both to measure carbon emissions and to directly minimize them with WattTime software that syncs their HVAC and other equipment with moments of surplus clean power.
We Mean Business Coalition
The We Mean Business is a coalition of organizations working with businesses and investors around the world to lead the transition to a low-carbon economy.